Ian Anderson

Articles by Ian Anderson

Steak with benefits at Lou & Mickey's

A new dry-aging room gives Gaslamp prime steakhouse an edge

Because of its plum location across the street from the Convention Center, at the left leg of the gateway arch welcoming visitors to the Gaslamp Quarter, prime steakhouse Lou & Mickey’s struck me as a ...

Who is behind Cerveza Xteca?

With a single beer, lowrider brewers tap a coveted market

The 16-ounce cans have started to show up at shops here and there, labels depicting an Aztec princess, along with the Spanish, “La chela mas chula.” In beer parlance, a nice cold one. At first ...

Better than okay at Okan Diner

Adventurous dishes, strange ingredients, and comfort food

The name of the restaurant may include the word diner, but don’t go expecting to order a Denver omelet, or anything with a side of hash browns. Okan Diner serves Japanese food, and a fair ...

Holy Paleta for your inner child

Fruit, chocolate, candy, and nuts improve on mere popsicles

Like most kids growing up in America, I looked forward to sunny weather for the treats it brought: usually popsicles. As I look back now, I realize those popsicles were trash. We should have been ...

Late night visits to The Nood Bar

Pan Asian counter offers soups, stir fries, and every type of noodle

I like a good pun almost as much as a good bowlful of noodles, so when The Nood Bar opened in North Park a couple months back, I grabbed a stack of one dollar bills ...

Ian Anderson and the Reader

A thousand bylines later

How Ian Anderson came to the Reader: While visiting the Reader web site a few years back, I noticed it was accepting public submissions of concert reviews. I can't remember what they paid, but it ...

Breakfast flight at The Morning After

Cocktails and breakfast food fuel new Gaslamp concept

You spent last night drinking and clubbing, and now your best bet to escape a hangover is a dose of breakfast food and cocktails. At least that’s the thinking behind The Morning After, a new ...

Calif.-grown coffee at Bird Rock Roasters – $100/pound

17,000 new trees planted in San Diego this spring

Before the end of this year, local java fans could be paying a premium to drink coffee grown right here in San Diego. At a series of ticketed cuppings last weekend, Bird Rock Coffee Roasters ...

Oh Bobboi, it’s gelato season

La Jolla gelato maker bringing its small batches to Little Italy

We’ve all waited patiently for sunny weather and daylight savings to return, and now that they have, we need to turn our attention back to ice cream. Rather, gelato. Bobboi Natural Gelato, if I’m being ...